Sally’s call for our favourite cook from scratch recipes comes just in time for me as we Canadians celebrate our Thanksgiving Monday, October 9th this year.
I’ve used this recipe for decades, only I’ve altered it through the years to accommodate my gluten-free diet. And it still gets rave reviews. This was my beautiful Aunty Sherry’s recipe. She wasn’t known for her gourmet cooking skills, but often made up recipes on the spot that just stuck around. I’ve also seemed to inherit that wonderful skill from her, lol.
This stuffing recipe originally was invented for her Stuffed Pork Chop recipe which became a favorite of mine and my siblings when we were kids, and its versatility transformed it into a Turkey Stuffing recipe that I’ve used ever since – with a few tweaks.
Because neither my aunt, nor I were ever big on measuring ingredients (mad chefs!), measurements will be approximated. My aunt introduced me to the ‘taste as you go’ method, which is pretty much how I roll in the kitchen, yet my husband and my guests love my cooking. Just don’t ask me how much of what I put in because it’s magical. I do make some of my favorite dishes frequently, but as you may well imagine, some days the product comes out tasting different from the last time I made it.
As you can see, I’ll never make it to Masterchef on TV, but I promise, this stuffing is a great go to, and it’s delish!
Now, let’s get on with the recipe!
*Note – This recipe was traditionally made with Jewish Challah bread because of the rich, fluffy texture of the egg bread with a slightly sweet taste to it. But it can be made with any bread of your choice. I’ve substituted for years with gluten-free bread, and none of my guests ever noticed and always ask for my recipe so it’s almost foolproof!
I’ll list ingredients for using a loaf of bread. Traditionally, bread measurements are – 1 cup of cubed bread for every pound the turkey weighs.
What You’ll Need:
- 1 Loaf Challah bread (or substitute)
- 1 Onion diced
- 1-2 Green or Red Pepper cut into 1 inch pieces
- 3 Eggs
- Seasoning: Salt and Pepper, Dried Sage (preferably powdered)
First, dice or chop up the peppers and onions and saute them in butter for about 5-10 minutes till they soften. Then place in a bowl and let them cool while you continue preparing the bread.
Have a mixing bowl ready and start taking each slice of bread, one at a time and hold it under water to soak it, then squeeze out the water in one hand, forming the slice into a small ball and place in the bowl. Continue this process with the rest of the loaf.
Now add your eggs and saute mixture to the bowl and season with salt and pepper and sage to taste (if you don’t enjoy the taste of sage you can omit, but it adds a nice kick).
Hand squash and mix to blend all ingredients. Voila! You have your stuffing mixture. Now you can stuff your turkey with it and add the excess stuffing to a lightly buttered baking dish. To cook the separate dish of stuffing, cover it with tinfoil and bake with the turkey for approximately 45 minutes to an hour, removing the foil for the last 10 minutes.
If you’d like to make the stuffing only in the baking dish, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, removing the tinfoil cover for the last 10 minutes.
Enjoy! And Happy Holidays!
“I hurt for her. She wasn’t much of a mother, but she was still my mother.”
Confronted with resurfacing feelings of guilt, D.G. Kaye is tormented by her decision to remain estranged from her dying emotionally abusive mother after resolving to banish her years ago, an event she has shared in her book Conflicted Hearts. In P.S. I Forgive You, Kaye takes us on a compelling heartfelt journey as she seeks to understand the roots of her mother’s narcissism, let go of past hurts, and find forgiveness for both her mother and herself.
After struggling for decades to break free, Kaye has severed the unhealthy ties that bound her to her dominating mother—but now Kaye battles new confliction, as the guilt she harbors over her decision only increases as the end of her mother’s life draws near. Kaye once again struggles with her conscience and her feelings of being obligated to return to a painful past she thought she left behind.
One of the recent reviews for the book.
Parenthood does not come with a user manual. Children learn parenting skills from the adults in their lives. They generally emulate what they see and experience. If their lifelong experience is a negative one, they might be inclined to perpetuate it. But this does not have to be so.
In her compelling memoir, P.S. I Forgive You, D.G. Kaye reveals the habitual neglect and abuse she and her siblings suffered at the hands of an envious, threatening, narcissistic, and deceitful mother.
It takes courage, strength, and determination to prevail over hardship, especially when it is a constant in childhood; especially when a parent perpetrates neglect and abuse. But it is not impossible to overcome adversity when one focuses their intention.
Kaye shows us how to take the energy consumed by feeling mistreated, hurt, fearful, and guilty, and instead make it work for us by directing that energy toward building self-esteem, fortitude, and positive intention. She tells us how she reacted as a child, and then shows us how, as an adult, she turned a negative into a positive. Acceptance, compassion, and forgiveness are major players in this scenario, a dynamic that tested the author’s resilience, challenged her conscience, and ultimately allowed her to triumph over the all-consuming adverse conditioning perpetrated by her demanding narcissistic mother.
I highly recommend this book to anyone whose childhood was hijacked by a neglectful and abusive parent, and who would like to learn how to break free and live a happy healthy life.
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My thanks to Debby for this delicious stuffing recipe for not just the upcoming holidays in Canada, America and Christmas but to accompany any meat or poultry dish.